Who we are
Fotini Georgousi has studied biology and has been trained in herbal therapy, the preparation of natural cosmetics and organic farming. Since 2008 she has been professionally involved in the preparation of natural cosmetics and soaps and has worked as a herbal healer for a long time. For the last ten years she has been actively involved in different self-organized food-related projects, both in Greece and abroad, cultivating, designing gardens and organizing educational activities. He is involved in farm-level permaculture design and the establishment of food and herb production systems focusing on research and adaptation of different techniques to the Mediterranean climate. She travels frequently and attends Permaculture Design, Agroforestry and Regenerative Agriculture seminars and will soon complete her diploma in Permaculture with the Permaculture Association of England. She is a founding member of New Guinea, and coordinates different projects on self-management of basic daily food and health needs, including information and educational activities on permaculture, organic farming and natural healing practices. At the same time, in the context of New Guinea, he is designing and installing gardens and food production systems at farm level. Finally, she has attended courses and seminars in Ayurvedic medicine and Thai massage and in recent years she has been practicing yoga (Iyengar yoga) systematically.
Kostas Latoufis is an electrical engineer specializing in autonomous power systems with renewable energy sources and with more than ten years of practical experience in the electricity sector. After completing his studies in 2000 as an electrical and computer engineer at Imperial College London, he travelled to Central America and Southeast Asia, while training in the applied art of silversmithing. In 2004 he started working as a researcher in the field of renewable energy in the Smart Grids Research Unit(SmartRUE) of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), while he is currently completing his PhD thesis on locally manufactured small wind turbines. He started building locally made wind turbines in 2007 with the F.A.R.M.A. collective and continued with educational activities for students when theRural Electrification Research Group(RurERG) was established at NTUA. The team conducts interdisciplinary research to provide open technology solutions using small wind turbines and hydro-generators to provide rural areas with access to electricity. In 2009, he co-founded the New Guinea Project, a non-profit organization that aims to educate on self-sufficiency and the use of Permaculture design to enhance the resilience and self-reliance of individuals and projects in Greece. With New Guinea he has organized more than 40 seminars on the design and construction of renewable energy systems, such as the construction of small wind turbines, hydro-generators and photovoltaic panels, and has participated in the installation of several autonomous power systems in self-sufficiency projects in the Greek countryside and in rural development projects in Central America, South Asia and East Africa. He is a member of the executive board of WindEmpowerment, an international network for the promotion of locally built small wind turbines, and collaborates with several international sustainability projects such as the Open Building Institute.